Hanging Venetian blinds

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Hanging Venetian blinds
Today the term Venetian blinds may be used for any blind with horizontal slats. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Once frequently used to describe blinds with vinyl or plastic 5 cm (2 inch) slats, the term Venetian blinds has come to denote almost all styles of horizontal blinds, from 2.5 cm (1 inch) metal and vinyl mini blinds to 5 cm (2 inch) wood and faux wood blinds. Venetian blinds work well as standalone window treatments or can combine with other window coverings to offer a more finished look.

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Inside mount

Inside mounting a Venetian blind refers to attaching the head rail of the blind inside the window frame. The ability to inside mount a blind depends on the width of the head rail and the width of the inside of the window frame, which includes both the sides and top of the windowsill. Depending on the size of the head rail and the amount of available window sill depth, all inside-mounted blinds may not hang flush with the window frame and may protrude out from the window. Installing an inside mount consists of determining the amount of space needed and installing the suitable hardware for the specific blind. Always use a carpenter's level to ensure that each bracket aligns properly with the other brackets to prevent the blind from hanging crooked on the wall.

Outside mount

Mounting Venetian blinds on the outside of the window frame works well when an inside mount cannot be achieved because of narrow window frames. Outside mounting also allows the homeowner to cover up unsightly or damaged frames and can help block out more light than an inside mount. If mounting on the frame is not possible, purchase a wider Venetian blind and mount it on the wall, ensuring that the screws are inserted into the wall studs and not only in the drywall or plaster.

Ceiling mount

Ceiling mounting a Venetian blind pertains to installing the blind on the top of the windowsill, not actually mounting on the ceiling of your home. A ceiling mount works well when the blind being installed is too narrow in width and spacers for the blind are not available. Ceiling mounts also work well when the inside of the window frame is not very wide and will not accommodate a blind bracket.

Hardware

Whether special ordered or purchased directly off the shelf, Venetian blind packages include all of the necessary hardware needed to attach the blind. The exact type of bracket included with the blind depends on the type of blind being installed. Most blinds come with end, box brackets that sit at the end of the blind while others may offer brackets that sit at the back of the blind and can be attached to the top of the sill. L-brackets provide another bracket option for Venetian blinds; use L-brackets to ceiling mount a blind or to install the blind outside directly on the frame or the wall. Blind hardware kits normally include centre support brackets that help give extra support to heavy and wide Venetian blinds.

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